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Opinion: Hold NYC Schools Accountable for Arts Education

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New York City is the cultural capital of the country. This opinion piece argues that the city schools should reflect that, with mandatory arts education.  
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What Do Those School Grades Really Show?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Progress reports without a grade. That’s what Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio proposed during the campaign and it led SchoolBook to wonder: what are all those numbers behind the grades and what can we learn from them going forward?

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D.O.E. Lays Out the Challenge of Measuring Schools

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Education officials reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of the school progress reports in a policy paper that came as close to humble as the outgoing administration is likely to get.

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How Did the City Grade Your School?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make sure to check out our map to find whether your school's grade went up, down or remained flat. Dive in. And let us know what you're finding.

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Principals Debate Utility of School Grades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Principals across the city said they were eager to see how a new mayor would approach grading schools and supporting those that are struggling.

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Obama Official Gives Cover to New York Ahead of Test Score Release

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With anxiety mounting before the release on Wednesday of results of New York's tougher new math and reading tests, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents and educators to put the scores into context by seeing them as a new "baseline" from which to build.

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Ten Schools Where Graduation Rates Don't Equal "College Ready"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Now that the city is measuring how well high schools prepare their students for college, the data reveals some schools post high graduation rates but very low college readiness rates. SchoolBook charted the 10 schools with the biggest gaps and found the difference between a graduation rate and a college readiness rate could be larger than 70 percentage points. But officials insist that doesn't mean the schools aren't serving their students.

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Students: Progress Reports Do Not Tell the Whole Story

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Students, who have perhaps the greatest interest in how their schools perform, are also thinking critically about how the Department of Education grades high schools each year. A group of students taking part in a youth leadership program examined the reports and compared them to the realities they know of their own schools.

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Making Sense of the High School Progress Reports

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here's a deeper dive into the grades and scores released Monday afternoon for the city's 500-plus high schools. Listen to our analysis and read how other media outlets covered the release of the high school progress reports for the 2011-12 school year.

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Scores Rise Slightly on High School Progress Reports

Monday, November 26, 2012

More city high schools got A's and B's on their annual report cards, and fewer got failing grades. These progress reports looked at student performance and school environment but this year they also looked at how well each school prepared its students for college and career, based on the courses they took and their test scores.

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School Grades Are In

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The 2012 school grades are now on our pages for all elementary and middle schools. The updated information is one of many data points on SchoolBook to help you compare and evaluate schools. Check it out.

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Methodology of Progress Reports Under Scrutiny

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The city's release of annual progress reports is again raising questions about how useful they are and what kind of snapshot it gives of a school year.

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Middle School Grades Reflect High School Prep

Monday, October 01, 2012

Grades are out for the elementary and middle schools. Based on last school year's data, the results were relatively steady, with 86 percent of the schools not moving up or down by more than one letter grade compared to the year before. Still, 114 schools received C's for the third year in a row, a jump from five that fell into the same category last year. In the past, schools that earned three C's in a row were at greater risk for closure.

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Teachers Tell Parents to See Test Scores as 'Snapshots'

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

After the release of statewide test results, schools are drilling down on their individual performance data. We sought teachers' views on how to put this year's results into context.

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Two Similar Schools, Two Very Different Assessments

Monday, April 30, 2012

School progress reports, standardized testing and legal battles over private school tuition were all in the news over the weekend, with Michael Winerip comparing two South Bronx schools, Gail Collins examining "A Very Pricey Pineapple," and Jenny Anderson looking at what happened when some parents tried to withdraw their child from private school.

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Independent Report Gives Mixed Scores to City Schools' Letter Grades

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A report released on Thursday by the New York City Independent Budget Office said that while the A to F letter grades that are assigned to public schools annually are an improvement over other, less complex ways of measuring performance, they tend to punish schools with higher concentrations of poor, black and Hispanic students.

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Schools Are Not Making Information About Choice a Priority

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

An educator who has researched school choice says the city's Education Department puts too much emphasis on school performance and not enough on providing information about school choice, undermining one of the administration's tenets for improving the city school system.

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Cheryl Tyler: Something Worth Fighting For

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When students and teachers at Public School 277 in the Bronx learned in December that the school would not be closed down, even though it received an F in its progress report, “you could hear the resounding cheer throughout the school,’’ said Cheryl Tyler, the principal. Now, the hard work of coming back has begun.

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The Failed Potential of the Progress Reports

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

When the city first began issuing progress reports, they had the potential to spur innovation and the sharing of best practices that would improve all schools. Instead, a principal writes, they have sparked competition and confusion. And they are fundamentally flawed.

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Sheldon Benardo: The Accidental Principal

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sheldon Benardo became the principal of a 2,300-student school in the Bronx because his brother had connections to the superintendent. But he has grown into the job, and Public School 86 in the Bronx, where he has been principal for 21 years, has received A's on its city progress report for the last five years. In a candid interview, he talks about his journey from Nantucket to the principal's office.

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